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Eco-friendly approaches to rodent control in Sonoma County

“Rats are here to stay, everywhere in Sonoma and Marin Counties.”- Nick Picinich, a rodent specialist at MSMVCD

Why choose eco-friendly for your pest control services?

In the bay area and its surrounding if you haven't heard the phrase eco-friendly you may have been living under a rock, because it has been a buzz word around here for over a decade,

In 2014 California banned consumer sales of second-generation poisons, when it became clear they were actually killing a wide range of other animals in the wild. Studies found, the rat poisons were killing hunting birds like owls, eagles, and hawks, as well other wildlife such as foxes, bobcats, and mountain lions.

In 2017, the press democrat wrote a piece urging residents in Sonoma County to choose eco-friendly when removing rodents from their homes.

What is eco-friendly rodent control?

The year the press democrat published the article, there was a nearly 10 percent increase in public calls about rats, according to the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District, who provide free rat inspections and detailed information about evicting them,

While we take great care to limit wildlife exposure, agencies like the MSMVCD and California Department of Pesticide Regulation advise residents to use poisons only as a last resort.

Since relying on natural predators to eliminate house rats is not the most effective strategy here are some other eco-friendly solutions. The first and most effective strategy for homeowners is to exclude rats from the house and yard in the first place:

Seal Up- Seal up holes inside and outside the home to prevent entry by rodents
Trap Up- Trap rodents around the home to help reduce the rodent population
Clean Up- Clean up rodent food sources and nesting sites

If you are looking for eco-friendly rodent control services contact us today and let us know your preference. We are happy to take you through the options.

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